Bellator will premiere on Spike TV on Jan. 17 in a 10 p.m. ET time slot, kicking off a 12-event eighth season for the promotion.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Spike President Kevin Kay on Tuesday announced the news on a conference call with media members.
The date for the season's first show is a change from a previously reported one of Jan. 10, which Bellator had requested with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Instead, the season premiere, Bellator 85, takes place a week later in Irvine, Calif., at Bren Events Center on the UC-Irvine campus.
Kay said the 10 p.m. ET start time for Bellator events throughout the season allows the promotion to have Impact Wrestling as lead-in programming from 8-10 p.m. ET each week.
The latest Bellator 85 card now includes:
Champ Michael Chandler vs. Rick Hawn - for lightweight title
Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats - light heavyweight tournament opening round
Champ Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire - for featherweight title
Seth Petruzelli vs. TBA
Mike Guymon vs. TBA
Jason Lambert vs. TBA
Hector Ramirez vs. TBA
The latest Bellator 86 card now includes:
Champ Ben Askren vs. Karl Amousson - for welterweight title
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. TBA - light heavyweight tournament opening round
Ben Saunders vs. TBA - welterweight tournament opening round
Douglas Lima vs. TBA - welterweight tournament opening roundLINK